COMMENTS: Mentioned in Passing

The network newscasts do not assign correspondents to all of the news of the day. If Tyndall Report readers come across videostreamed reports online of stories that were mentioned only in passing, post the link in comments for us to check out.

Today's examples: a bulldozer rampaged through Jerusalem traffic, killing three people before its driver was shot dead…Samuel Israel, the fugitive financier who faked his own suicide when facing prison for hedge fund fraud, surrendered to police…radio talkshow host Rush Limbaugh will be paid $38m a year…Leona Helmsley, the late hotelier, bequeathed $8bn for dogs--to fund animal welfare.


I hope you'll write about the following:

On June 16th, 24-year-old Palestinian journalist Mohammed Omer received the prestigious Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism in London. Upon his return to Gaza he was tortured by Israeli border guards taunting him about his award.

To date, I don't believe that the New York Times has covered this incident. I hope you'll write about this.

Following is an article from the UK Guardian:

o Wednesday July 2, 2008

Two weeks ago, I presented a young Palestinian, Mohammed Omer, with the 2008 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism. Awarded in memory of the great US war correspondent, the prize goes to journalists who expose establishment propaganda, or "official drivel", as Gellhorn called it. Mohammed shares the prize of £5,000 with Dahr Jamail. At 24, he is the youngest winner. His citation reads: "Every day, he reports from a war zone, where he is also a prisoner. His homeland, Gaza, is surrounded, starved, attacked, forgotten. He is a profoundly humane witness to one of the great injustices of our time. He is the voice of the voiceless." The eldest of eight, Mohammed has seen most of his siblings killed or wounded or maimed. An Israeli bulldozer crushed his home while the family were inside, seriously injuring his mother. And yet, says a former Dutch ambassador, Jan Wijenberg, "he is a moderating voice, urging Palestinian youth not to court hatred but seek peace with Israel".

Getting Mohammed to London to receive his prize was a major diplomatic operation. Israel has perfidious control over Gaza's borders, and only with a Dutch embassy escort was he allowed out. Last Thursday, on his return journey, he was met at the Allenby Bridge crossing (to Jordan) by a Dutch official, who waited outside the Israeli building, unaware Mohammed had been seized by Shin Bet, Israel's infamous security organisatio

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